Tornado strikes the town of Carlinville in west central Illinois but no deaths are reported
A powerful storm moved across Macoupin County in west central Illinois and spawned a tornado that caused heavy damage to the town and vicinity of Carlinville. The Presbyterian church in town was largely destroyed and livestock were lost but no deaths were reported among those injured. (By John Osborne)
The American Almanac and Repository of Useful Knowledge for the Year 1861 (Boston: Crosby, Nichols, Lee and Company, 1860), 410.